Second Annual Conference: The American Revolution in the Mohawk Valley


March 3, 2016
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Journal of the American Revolution is the leading source of knowledge about the American Revolution and Founding Era. We feature smart, groundbreaking research and well-written narratives from expert writers. Our work has been featured by the New York Times, TIME magazine, History Channel, Discovery Channel, Smithsonian, Mental Floss, NPR, and more. Journal of the American Revolution also produces annual hardcover volumes, a branded book series, and the podcast, Dispatches

The Fort Plain Museum, in the heart of upstate New York, is proud to announce its Second Annual Conference on the American Revolution in the Mohawk Valley–the 2016 conference features more authors, more days and more events. Click here to download the flyer, the registration form or the schedule. The Mohawk played a key role in the struggle for American independence. Discover the area’s rich history and attend an exciting conference that will take place Thursday through Sunday, June 9-12, 2016. Four great days of history, nine fascinating presentations, two distinct bus tours, a banquet at a historic tavern and much more. Please find more details below and contact Brian Mack for more information and to register at fo*************@ya***.com or 518-774-5669. All proceeds will benefit the Fort Plain Museum and Mohawk County Association.

Conference Details:

  • June 9-12, 2016
  • Fulton Montgomery Community College and Mohawk Valley

$50 conference fee includes:

  • Friday evening reception
  • Saturday’s presentations including lunch and refreshment breaks
  • Sunday presentations

Speakers Include:

  • J. L. Bell – The Road to Concord: How Four Stolen Cannon Ignited the Revolutionary War
  • Darren Bonaparte – Colonel Louis, Oneidas at Oriskany
  • Todd Braisted – Grand Forage 1778: The Battleground Around New York City
  • Lois Huey – Molly Brant: A Legacy of Her Own
  • Edward G. Lengel – First Entrepreneur: How George Washington Built His and the Nation’s Prosperity
  • James Kirby Martin – Benedict Arnold in the Mohawk Valley: The Rescue of Fort Schuyler
  • Bruce Venter – The Battle of Hubbardton: The Rear Guard Action that Saved America
  • Philip D. Weaver – Stories from “The Jersey Greys” of 1776 in the Mohawk Valley & Hudson River Valleys
  • Panel discussion of archeology at New York’s Revolutionary War fortifications, featuring Dr. Amy Roache-Fedchenko on Fort Stanwix (Fort Schuyler), Dr. Susan Maguire on Fort Niagara, Dr. Douglas Pippin on Fort Haldimand, Aaron Gore on Fort Oswegatchie and Wayne Lenig on Fort Plain/Fort Rensselaer

Friday Night “Taste NY” Cocktail Reception (Included in Conference Registration):

  • Held at Fulton Montgomery Community College
  • Sponsored by Taste NY
  • Wine and beer tasting from local NY wineries and breweries
  • Food tasting from several Taste NY vendors
  • Several historic artisans displaying goods for sale

Saturday Night Banquet at the 1765 Goose Van Alstyne Tavern (+$50 each):

  • Located at 42 Moyer St., Canajoharie, NY
  • Features a keynote presentation by Don N. Hagist, Editor, Journal of the American Revolution

In addition to the main conference and banquet, two bus tours will be offered:

Bus Tour on Thursday, June 9 – Western Mohawk Country Historic Sites (+$35 per seat) 

  • Fort Plain Museum
  • General Herkimer Home
  • Nellis Tavern
  • Van Alstyne Homestead
  • Fort Klock
  • Palatine Church
  • Colonel Brown Gravesite
  • Stone Arabia Church
  • Stone Arabia Battlefield

Bus Tour on Friday, June 10 – Eastern Mohawk County Historic Sites (+$35 per seat) 

  • Fort Johnson Historic Landmark
  • Fort Hunter
  • Johnson Hall State Park
  • Drumm House
  • Tryon County Courthouse
  • Colonial Johnstown Cemetery
  • Kateri Indian Museum
  • Montgomery County History & Archives

To register, please contact Brian Mack at fo*************@ya***.com or 518-774-5669 (download registration form). For a complete schedule of events, click here. All proceeds will benefit the Fort Plain Museum and Mohawk County Association.

Conference Hotel: We reserved several rooms for June 9 through June 12, 2016 at a rate of $79.00 plus tax per night which includes two queen sized beds at the Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham located at 136 North Comrie Ave., Johnstown, NY. To take advantage of the conference rate, guests must reserve their rooms before May 10 by calling 518-762-5425 and asking for the “Fort Plain Museum” rooms.

The middle Mohawk Valley is also home to many fine B&B’s and other hotels, which can be found on the third page of our registration form.

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This event is sponsored by the Montgomery and Fulton County NY Departments of Economic Development, Planning & Tourism, Patriot Federal Bank, Taste NY, Westholme Publishing and Journal of the American Revolution.

MohawkCountryLogoVisit a Mohawk Country Event this Summer

  • March 1 – June 25 Arkell Museum Exhibition: Edward Buyck: Picturing the American Revolution
  • May 14 “The Mohawk Turnpike” exhibit and 18th Century Baking demonstration, Fort Johnson National Historic Landmark
  • June 5 – 20 Annual Rhubarb Festival at the historic 1747 Nellis Tavern. Music, rhubarb pie baking contest, tours and more
  • July 3 Julyfest begins with Fort Plain’s 4th on the 3rd. Get a jump on the 4th as we celebrate with great food and FIREWORKS after dark
  • July 4 Strawberry Shortcake Festival at Fort Klock Historic Restoration Participate in a public reading of the Declaration of Independence with Ice cream & Shortcakes
  • July 16, Revolution in the Mohawk Valley at the 1765 Van Alstyne Tavern – a theatrical presentation of Revolutionary Politics & the Tryon County Committee of Safety
  • July 23 Drums Along the Mohawk: The Wedding of Gil & Lana – Join us for the recreation of Walter D. Edmonds wedding of this famous pioneer couple. Festivities begin at the 1770 Palatine Church followed by a colonial reception at the 1747 Nellis Tavern

Please go to for more information.


  • Good Day Everyone!

    We have limited space available for the conference, dinner and both bus tours. This will be a great chance to see many JAR authors (Hagist, Braisted, Bell, and Martin) present and there will be plenty of opportunity to talk with them as well.

    To register, email fo*************@ya***.com or call 518-774-5669.

    We hope to see many of you in June and we appreciate your support!

    Thank you,
    Brian Mack
    Fort Plain Museum
    Board of Trustees

    1. Also, we will have 3 JAR Volumes and all author books for sale!

      All proceeds will benefit the Fort Plain Museum and historic preservation in the Mohawk Valley.

      Thanks again,

  • One of the finest conferences on the Revolutionary War! Terrific speakers who authored books on their subjects (Sat-Sun AM), two days of tours of historic homes (Th, Fri), forts, churches & other buildings in the Mohawk Valley (your choice of both tours or one tour), book signings, lovely meals & historically based foods for the wonderful Saturday Banquet in the historic 1765 Van Alstyne Tavern–all very affordable. Every detail & your every comfort well-provided for. Fine Microtel ($79.) Don’t miss this Conference next year on Thursday, June 8–Sunday, June June 2017 in Johnstown, NY. Do visit Fort Plain this summer!
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